Thursday, 6 Ramadhan 1441 / 30 April 2020 - The Ministry of Health received a cheque amounting to BND250,000.00 for a collaborative venture with Gleneagles JPMC Sendirian Berhad today, April 30th 2020 at Ministry of Health. The collaborative venture is a continuation of a public private partnership (PPP) that was initiated last year between the Ministry of Health and Gleneagles JPMC Sendirian Berhad.
The cheque was handed over by Dr Peter Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Gleneagles JPMC and was received by Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional), Ministry of Health. Prior to the cheque handover, signed Memorandum of Understanding’s (MOU’s) were exchanged between the two senior officials.
Present at the ceremony, were the Honourable Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health as well as the Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Health. An appreciation letter was also received by Dr Peter Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Gleneagles JPMC from the Minister of Health.
Under the MOU, Gleneagles JPMC Sendirian Berhad will be funding three major programmes to be implemented by the Health Promotion Centre. The three programmes aim to improve the health of Bruneians specifically in the workplace and community settings. The Workplace and Health Programme encourages workplaces to provide supportive environment and actions for employees to be more active, eat healthy, be smoke-free and have good mental wellbeing. Whereas, the Happy Environment and Lifestyle Programme, is intended to facilitate and support physical activity interventions in community settings leveraging on partnerships and networks with local communities, schools, businesses, health centres and other sports and recreational stakeholders. The third programme, ie, the Health Lifestyle Programme, is a recent addition to complement the other two programmes in raising awareness on risk factors of non-communicable diseases, particularly, on unhealthy eating and smoking, which are also major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
The MOU also underscores the commitment of both agencies in strengthening and synergising existing efforts to promote healthy lifestyle and in continuously supporting initiatives to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases in Brunei Darussalam.